Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Donovan McNabb may have been the last to see it. After a long and largely successful career in the NFL the former Eagles QB took a job as an analyst with the NFL Network. That will likely end his playing days on the field.

McNabb was traded from the Eagles to the Washington Redskins in 2010. He won just 5 games there and quickly fell out of favor with Gang Shanahan. In 2011 he was traded to Minnesota Vikings where his futility continued. McNabb asked to be released from Minnesota when it appeared there may be an opportunity to play in his hometown of Chicago. It never materialized, nor did any other job starting, backup or otherwise.

There has been speculation throughout the city of Philadelphia that Donovan McNabb may try to follow in the footsteps of teammates Brian Dawkins, Brian Westbrook and Tra Thomas in retiring as an Eagle. The reaction to such a proposition has been mixed.

McNabb never was truly embraced by the city of Philadelphia. Nonetheless, his ownership of just about every passing record in Eagles history suggests that he should be afforded that opportunity, even if his greatest legacy with the team will forever involve losing his lunch and coming up short in big games.

Don’t worry though, he still thinks he’s a hall of famer. Just ask him.

Here’s a post I wrote a couple of years ago about why McNabb was never embraced in Philly.


8 Reasons Why Donovan McNabb Was Never Embraced by Philadelphia


Someone the other day asked me why some Philly fans “hated” Donovan McNabb? So even though it’s a bit late, I put together a few reasons, that I believe, lent themselves to Donovan not being loved by some Philly fans.

There seem to be no gray areas with old #5 either. You either loved him… or you didn’t. This article is not so much about MY opinion on Donovan, as it is my observations about why people may not have embraced him. Bear that in mind.

This is just my opinion of why some Philly fans did not like Donovan McNabb.
1.) Right or wrong, the fans in Philly wanted Ricky Williams… Not Donovan. Hence the whole booing of him on draft day.
2.) While Donovan was here he played well enough to usually send us to the playoffs, but always seemed to buckle under the pressure of the big game. Hence the 1-4 record in NFC Championship Games. He was seen as a choker.
3.) When Donovan would throw a late interception, call a timeout when he had none left, forget that there was such a thing a tie in the NFL, or somehow otherwise ruin a game, he could always be seen smiling on the sidelines. That’s something the rubbed a lot of people the wrong way.
4.) He made stupid faces all the time
5.) He never accepted accountability for losing. He would always blame the loss on something else and never once in 10 years said “I messed up.” If he had, no one here would have had a problem with it. Just say what it is and move on.
6.) For as strong an arm as he had, he was incredibly inaccurate and had no touch. He threw the ball at 100MPH whether you were 50 yds downfield or 2 feet away. And more times than I care to remember threw the ball at a receiver’s feet or 8 feet over his head.
7.) He could not hit a receiver in stride.
8.) He could not throw a pass in the slot.

I’m sure there may have been other reasons. And let there be no doubt that statistically, Donovan McNabb was the best QB in Eagles history. He also engineered the franchise’s most successful stretch, compiling 5 NFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl appearance in 2004.

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